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Grants and Funding for Penn Anthropology Students: Finding Funding

SPIN Plus through PennERA


SPIN Plus is a web-based system available through PennERA (Penn's Electronic Research Administration) portal. To access SPIN Plus, go to PennERA and click on Logon to PennERA to authenticate using PennKey and password. Choose Find Funding from the top of page.

SPIN Plus includes three components:

Through the PennERA portal, you can also connect to the Institutional Review Board's Human Subjects Electronic Research Application (HSERA)


Other Compilations of Grants and Funding Opportunities

See Annual register of grant support. 52nd ed. Medford, N.J. : Information Today, 2019.

Van Pelt Reference - Financial Aid. LB2338 .A558

Foundation Directory Online searches grantmakers, grants, and companies. In the grant search, narrow by Field of Interest, Location, or type in keywords to help find specific grants.

Grant Advisor Plus offers lists of grant opportunities with upcoming deadlines (accessible only on campus, through Penn IP addresses). If the link provided here does not work, you might need to enter and use the password updated monthly through Penn's Career Services - Online Subscriptions page.

Federal Grants is a searchable database of funding opportunities available through all federal grant-making agencies. If you are new to applying for federal grants, it is worth reading the information under Grants 101 and watching the training videos before starting the application process.

Information about grant opportunities, program officers, and successful past recipients can be found through agency web pages as well:

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation (NSF) Social, Behavioral & Economic Science Funding

Other Common External Funding Sources

American Anthropological Association - Fellowships and Support lists research funding, scholarships, honors and awards from AAA and other anthropology-related organizations.

Archaeological Institute of America - Grants and Awards llists scholarships, fellowships, and grants for research, publication, fieldwork, and site preservation, administered by the AIA, as well as a list of opportunities from other sources.

Wenner-Gren Foundation has a variety of grant programs, including Dissertation Fieldwork Grants. The Foundation's website also maintains a list of other grant and funding opportunities for anthropologists and archaeologists.

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellowships and Prizes includes the prestigious International Dissertation Research Fellowship among others. 

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation connects to the Mellon's grants database, policies, guidelines, and grantee portal.

Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year, sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Boren Fellowships funds research and language study proposals by U.S. graduate students in world regions critical to U.S. interests (an initiative of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office)

The Leakey Foundation provides grants for Advanced Graduate students researching human origins. 

Council of American Overseas Research Centers offers CAORC Fellowships along with Overseas Research Center (ORC) fellowships, grants, and language and cultural programs specific to its region.

Internal Sources for Penn Students


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Deb Brown Stewart
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University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology
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